The Dead Don't Hurt

critic Reviews

, 84% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • A solid step forward for Viggo Mortensen as a director, The Dead Don't Hurt offers viewers a comfortably old-fashioned Western with a satisfying, character-driven story.
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    Tara BradyIrish Times
    Mortensen’s script tussles between feminist revision and old-school male showdowns, imagining Vivienne as a Joan of Arc-inspired frontierswoman yet subject to the degradations of the era.
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    Amy NicholsonFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    What really carried this movie through... it that it ends up spending most of its time on Vicky Krieps, and it becomes like a western romance.
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    Mark KermodeKermode and Mayo's Take (YouTube)
    Viggo Mortensen is the new Robert De Niro... And he takes his filmmaking very seriously.
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    Sergio Burstein Los Angeles Times
    Mortensen does not aggressively impose his vision on us, nor does he do so with the typical shoot-outs of the genre, which appear in a justified and even responsible manner. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Wendy IdeGuardian
    The languid pacing and fractured, nonlinear structure chime with Mortensen’s arthouse sensibilities, rather than the more traditional view of what a frontier adventure should look like.
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    Dan JolinEmpire Magazine
    A Western that hits many of the expected beats but which does so in an unexpected manner, being centred on a tender, loving relationship rather than gunplay and grit.
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    John SerbaDecider
    The Dead Don’t Hurt proves the Western ain’t dead.
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    Eric MarchenRogers TV
    Viggo Mortensen’s The Dead Don’t Hurt is a tender tale about ordinary people trying to settle in the Old West.
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    Richard CrouseRichard Crouse
    An old-fashioned Western with a modern twist, Viggo Mortensen’s The Dead Don’t Hurt, looks like a classic horse opera, but places its focus on the immigrant experience and its heroine's indomitable spirit, rather than on the cliches of the genre.
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    John KirkOriginal Cin
    Gritty realism is the film’s greatest strength. It’s a lesson in history, detailed, accurate and meticulous in its presentation of a human drama that realistically could have happened. 

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